This article by Adryan Corcione was originally published on NisonCo, and appears here with permission.
Nearly a decade ago, former President Obama signed the Farm Bill of 2013 into law, which differentiated cannabis from hemp. The bill established anything with “0.3 percent of THC or less on a dry weight basis” is legally classified as hemp. This legislation also legalized agricultural pilot programs for hemp cultivation, thus increasing production en masse. Five years later the Farm Bill of 2018 — which included the Hemp Farming Act — was signed into law, de-scheduling hemp products with .3 percent or less THC content from the Controlled Substances Act. The rise of legal hemp has likewise led to an ascent of cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating hemp plant extract.
The cannabis community has a strong interest in the impact of hemp products within both historic and modern societies — From collectively learning how prohibition historically causes systemic harm to new ingenious uses of hemp such as making paper, clothing, health supplements, or even a car.
In celebration of Hemp History Week from July 17 to July 23, our CBD, cannabis, and psychedelic PR and SEO firm rounded up four key ways in which hemp can improve and advance our society. From personal wellness to economic gain, hemp has a lot to offer the United States and beyond. Though non-exhaustive, this list names four major reasons hemp is the future.
1. Hemp & CBD can improve our health and wellness
The medicinal benefits of CBD — which can be derived from both hemp and cannabis — are undeniable. On top of tremendous scientific research being conducted, there are also decades worth of personal, first-hand experience to tell about it.
Whether derived from hemp or cannabis, CBD has the potential to treat, heal, and/or alleviate symptoms of the following medical conditions:
- Addiction (including Opioid Use Disorder and Alcohol Use Disorder)
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis/ALS
- Alzheimer’s Disease